Our minister is the primary Pastoral Care provider. Reverend Jude is ready with a listening ear and a friendly shoulder if you wish to share what is happening in your life, especially those challenging moments that we all face. One minister, however, cannot meet all the pastoral needs in a congregation of our size. So, the Pastoral Care Associates complement and broaden that ministry. It is one way in which we share the ministry of this Fellowship. The associates are “first responders” when the minister is away and at times of emergencies. One of us is always on call.
In addition to being available in times of change, the Pastoral Care Associates may organize teams of people to assist our members who face ongoing needs. In this way, a “chosen family” supports the individual in addition to friends and family. Our Care Share Committee often becomes a part of the team when the need for specific tasks arises. (See below.)
Also, Pastoral Care Associates may organize special events as we become aware of a broadly shared need. In the past, we have organized a “Care for the Caregivers” group as a way of giving encouragement and information to those who bear a heavy load of caring for a loved one and an end-of-life planning workshop.
Pastoral Care at the Fellowship only works when the minister or an associate is aware of the need for this outreach. Information that is shared is always confidential and handled with discretion. When permission is given, Pastoral Care Associates will share Joys and Concerns with the larger fellowship to broaden your means of support.
If you need further clarification about our Pastoral Care Associates, please be in touch with Reverend Jude, one of our current Pastoral Care Associates or the Fellowship office.
Care/Share is organized to provide hands-on help to Fellowshippers in temporary need. The volunteers may offer meals, rides to appointments, visits, occasional respite for other caregivers involved in intensive situations, and other such assistance. Pastoral Care Associates work in cooperation with the Care/Share Volunteers.
If you would like to volunteer some hands-on service that you can give, please speak to Judie Gardner or Peggy Koulias.